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What’s your carbon reduction strategy?

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 26 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1272

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Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind.

Dear Fiona Godlee,
Your editorial seems to have settled the question that anthropogenic
global warming is a “scientific” certainty. Is it that simple? Are there
other, equally strong, points to ponder over in this vital area?

Professor Bob Carter of the James Cook University, Queensland and
University of Adelaide has a different opinion based on his forty years’
of research experience. He has the following views: “The alarmist IPCC
view of human caused global warming is not settled science. Despite $50
Billion being spent on climate research since 1990, no discernible human
impact on the global climate has been detected.”

NASA’s Aqua Satellite also does not fully support the view. That
probably shows that “absence of evidence is evidence of absence” is not a
true adage!

Lawrence Solomon, in his classic “The Deniers” (published by National
Post in 2007), has collected some of the best scientific brains to give
their opinions on this vital subject. Global warming movement seems to be
having a hidden agenda if one believes in the science fiction movie made
by Al Gore.

Most of the recent increase in environmental surface temperature has
been attributed to water vapour from evaporation of sea water! There have
also been cycles of global warming and cooling in the distant past without
impacting human existence significantly.

I am a bit confused after reading your editorial. We doctors have
many more mundane matters to worry about in addition to putting our house
in order. Our Giga problem seems to be our inability to eradicate the
mother of all illnesses, poverty, what with its attendant epidemic of NIDS
(Nutritional Immune Deficiency Syndrome) that makes AIDS pale into

As a profession what are our plans to eradicate poverty on a global
scale which affects more than 975 million human beings all over?

Yours ever,

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 March 2009
BM Hegde
Editor in Chief, Journal of the Sciecne of Healing Outcomes.
Mangalore-575 004, India.